The latest in this series of music-related portraits, this time featuring again, one of the all-time great MCs, Big Daddy Kane!
BDK is one of those guys who I really wanted to be as a young guy, great tone, ridiculous lyrical flow, good looking and a hit with the ladies. As was the habit back then, I heard BDK before I saw him, at parties where 'Set It Off' would literally send people into a frenzy. The acapella intro was incredible, punctuated by that piercing guitar sample and infectious beat. 'RAW' was a similar beast, with those crazy horns and that rolling beat along with that lyrical flow.
The first time I saw Kane was the video for 'Aint No Half Steppin', and I was sold. Not only could Kane rap up a storm, he was a cool dude too. I loved the whole image, the high top fades, Scoob & Scrap Lover, the whole schtick. In fact, Kane was pretty ahead of his time, a trend setter lyrically, but he also did a lot of things commercially that were frowned on at the time, but are common practice now.
I could go on and on about the Kane, but it would be an essay rather than a blog post. Artistically, this piece took me quite a while, as I did the initital drawing at at larger size than usual, but using the same size of pencil in photoshop. This is one of those that I went back and forth on quite a bit, and I'm not sure how happy I am with it. Anyway, as usual, below are images of some steps in the process as well as some clips of my favourite Kane moments.
As always, enjoy!